Karsten Schulz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Governance and Sustainability Lab at the University of Trier, Germany, where he works on the political ecology of climate change adaptation and urban water use in West Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF). His primary research interests lie at the crossroads of human geography and political science.

He has published on a variety of topics such as environmental politics, climate change adaptation and sustainability transformations. From a theoretical perspective, he is particularly interested in institutional innovation, the co-creation of knowledge as well as changing relationships between nature, society and technology.


  • Faling, M., J. Garard, G. Schouten, M. Veeger, J. Vervoort, K. Schulz, L. Rutting (2017). Innovative participatory research methods in Earth System Governance. Annual Review of Social Partnerships 12: 76-80. https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/tandfbis/rt-files/Docs/ARSP_12_web.pdf
  • Patterson, J., K. Schulz, J. Vervoort, S. van der Hel, O. Widerberg, C. Adler, M. Hurlbert, K. Anderton, M. Sethi, A. Barau (2017). Exploring the governance and politics of transformations towards sustainability. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 24: 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2016.09.001
  • Schulz, K. (2017). Decolonising the Anthropocene: the mytho-politics of human mastery. In: Woons, M. and Weier, S. (eds.): Critical epistemologies of global politics. E-International Relations Publishing: Bristol, 46-62.
  • Schulz, K. (2017). Decolonizing political ecology: ontology, technology and ‘critical’ enchantment. Journal of Political Ecology 24: 125-143. http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/Volume24/Volume_24.html
  • Schulz, K. and A. Bruns (2016). Toward a political ecology of biosocial relations. Rethinking the urban water metabolism beyond the city. WaterPower Working Paper, No. 11. Governance and Sustainability Lab. Trier University. Trier.
  • Schulz, K. and R. Siriwardane (2016). The risk frontier: perceiving social transformations in rural and peri-urban West Africa through a territorial lens. In: Yaro, J.A. and Hesselberg, J. (eds.): Adaptation to climate change and variability in rural West Africa. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 171-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31499-0_10
  • Eguavoen, I., K. Schulz, S. de Wit, F. Weisser and D. Müller-Mahn (2015). Political dimensions of climate change adaptation. Conceptual reflections and African examples. In: W. Leal Filho (ed.): Springer handbook of climate change adaptation. Springer: Berlin and Heidelberg, 1183-1199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-38670-1_82
  • Patterson, J., K. Schulz, J. Vervoort, C. Adler, M. Hurlbert, S. van der Hel, A. Schmidt, A. Barau, P. Obani, M. Sethi, N. Hissen, M. Tebboth, K. Anderton, S. Börner and O. Widerberg (2015). Transformations towards sustainability. Emerging approaches, critical reflections, and a research agenda. Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 34, Lund and Amsterdam.
  • Schulz, K. and Siriwardane R. (2015). Depoliticised and technocratic? Normativity and the politics of transformative adaptation. Earth System Governance Working Paper No. 33, Lund and Amsterdam.
  • Schulz, K. (2013). Klima und Entwicklung (climate and development). In: H. Ihne and J. Wilhelm (eds.) Einführung in die Entwicklungspolitik (introduction to development politics). Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (bpb Schriftenreihe Bd. 1338), 126-152.
  • Schulz, K. (2011). Linking land and soil to climate change. The UNCCD in the context of global environmental governance. Tectum: Marburg.

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